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Re: 2 Hour UFO Documentary Tonight In UK - Koi

From: Isaac Koi <isaackoi2.nul>
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 14:03:18 +0100
Fwd Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 10:45:27 -0400
Subject: Re: 2 Hour UFO Documentary Tonight In UK - Koi

>From: Joe McGonagle <Joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 03:09:50 +0100
>Subject: Re: 2 Hour UFO Documentary Tonight In UK

>>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 11:31:12 -0400
>>Subject: Re: 2 Hour UFO Documentary Tonight In UK


>>Hope someone on this List from the UK who saw or
>>recorded this TV documentary will fill us in on some
>>of these new revelations.

>There's a review by Steve Johnson at:


Hi Joe, Nick, List,

Those that considered the Peter Jennings' UFO documentary a
disappointment should avoid Nick Cook's documentary. They might
blow a fuse.

Oh my goodness. Okay, Nick Cook's documentary had pretty
computer generated graphics and sounded serious. It's just a
shame about most of the content.

I know the views of a number of the people interviewed do not
coincide with the thrust of Nick Cook's explanation (i.e. "As
Cold War paranoia reached its peak, the CIA ruthlessly misled
the American people about UFOs in order to hide their
surveillance programmes against the Soviet Union"). However, the
clips of interviews used in the documentary appear to have been
selected to almost exclusively limit comments to those
supporting Nick Cook's view.

For example, we briefly saw Bruce Maccabee a couple of times -
but I don't think any comments were included from him on the
basic thrust of documentary.

Nick Cook's view that sightings increased dramatically with the
introduction of the U-2 and other surveillance aircraft is a
view that Bruce has strongly taken issue with, e.g. in his
article entitled "CIA's UFO Explanation Is Preposterous",
available online on his website at:


(As many of you will know, Bruce's article was a reaction to a
view expressed at footnotes 44 and 45 of the 1997 study by
Gerald K. Haines (National Reconnaissance Office historian)
entitled, A Die-Hard Issue: CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs,
1947-90 (Studies in Intelligence, Issue 1997 Vol. 1, No. 1). The
text of the study is available online on various websites,
including the CIA's website:

http://www.cia.gov/csi/studies/97unclass/ufo.html )

(I note in passing that in relation to footnote 44 of Gerald
Haines' article ("44. See Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E.
Welzenbach, The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead
Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974
(Washington, DC: CIA History Staff, 1992), pp. 72-73" also
referred to in footnote 45 of the article by Gerald Haines), the
relevant book is available online at:

http://www.odci.gov/csi/books/U2/u2.pdf )

Similarly, during the documentary we were treated to the sight
of David Clarke and Andy Roberts nodding along to the wise words
of Nick Cook about Nazi secret weapons being responsible for the
foo-fighters reports. In fact, Dave Clarke has mentioned in an
email to Joe McGonagle's Ufologyinuk email discussion List that
"Andy made a very good point that the 'Nazi secret weapon'
explanation for Foo-fighters was nonsense and most of the
sightings can be explained as misindentifications, but because
this did not fit Cook's thesis it ended up on the cutting room
floor." See:


In terms of factual errors in the documentary, life is too short
to even list them all. I'll just cover a couple of the real

(1) After reference to the supposed fact that over 2 million
Americans claim to have been abducted (which in itself caused me
to wince, even though this is a claim I've heard made several
times apparently as a result of the Roper polls), Nick Cook went
on to say: "I've come to meet Travis Walton. He was the first
alien abductee of this epidemic". Um, the first person to claim
to have had an alien abductee was Travis Walton (who, by the
way, had his "encounter" in November 1975)? Really? What about
the Hills, Villas-Boas etc etc??

(2) Nick Cook claimed to have "discovered" a number of secret
projects which could account for UFO sightings. We had endless
shots of him shining his flashlight around a dark room filled
with piles of yellowing documents. On the few instances when he
was prepared to deal with specific instances, some of the things
included in the documentary were a bit... odd. For example,
Lonnie Zamora's 1964 Socorro incident was one of the few
sightings to get the full treatment - a reconstruction, complete
with actor (not wearing any glasses...) and fairly impressive
computer generated imagery (impressive at least by the usual
standards of British documentaries). It's just a shame that the
computer generated imagery had no resemblance whatsoever to the
description given by Lonnie Zamora. The object zipping around
the sky in the relevant reinactment was a classic disc-shaped
UFO, which looked nothing like the numerous descriptions and
sketches provided by Zamora. This is not a simply a minor gripe
about an inaccuracy in the imagery used - Nick Cook proceeded to
determine the probable identity of the object seen by Zamora on
the basis of this (incorrect) shape. Nick Cook said "Buried in
the depths of the archives, I've discovered blue prints which
reveal something quite fantastic - a supersonic saucer. Called
the Silverbug...", later stating "I believe Silverbug could
explain what Lonnie Zamora witnessed ... His description of a
silver disc-shaped object appears to fit in with the Silverbug

So, Cook "discovered" the relevant blue prints "Buried in the
depths of the archives" did he? Well, perhaps he should have
done an internet search or read a few UFO books. Project Silver
Bug was discussed, for example, by the following authors
(including Cook himself in his 2001 book):

Campagna, Palmiro in his The UFO Files: The Canadian Connection
Exposed (1998) at pages 63-66, 73-77 (in Chapter 5), 147, 150
(in Chapter 10), 155 (in Chapter 11), 169 (in the Postscript) of
the Stoddart softcover edition.

Cook, Nick in his The Hunt for Zero Point (2001) at pages 73-
77 (in Chapter 6), 226, 227 (in Chapter 22) of the Century
hardback edition.

Hyland, Gary in his Blue Fires: The Lost Secrets of Nazi
Technology (2001) at pages 99-100 (in Chapter 4), 190-205 (in
Chapter 8), 211-212 (in Chapter 9) of the Headline hardback

Matthews, Tim in his UFO Revelation (1999) at pages 69 (in
Chapter 5), 70, 72-79 (in Chapter 6), 81 (in Chapter 7) of the
Blandford softcover edition.

Michaels, Susan in her Sightings: UFOs (1997) at page 34 (in
the unnumbered chapter entitled Flying Saucers are Real) of
the Fireside softcover edition.

Redfern, Nick and Roberts, Andy in their Strange Secrets: Real
Government Files on the Unknown (2003) at pages 85-97 (in
Chapter 5) of the Paraview Pocket Books softcover edition.

Sutherly, Curt in his UFO Mysteries: A Reporter Seeks the
Truth (2001) at pages 99, 103 (in Chapter 7) of the Llewellyn
softcover edition.

Also, the relevant blueprints were included in the 1955 joint
Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) - Wright Air
Development Center (WADC) technical report on Project Silver Bug
(covering Project Y and Project Y2). (Technical Report No. TR-
AC-47, project No. 9961.) Images of that report are available
online at:


The text of report is also available online at:


Further relevant links are available at:


The images used in the reconstruction of Zamora's sighting
looked liked they could have been based on the Silver Bug
blueprints. Any viewers of the documentary could reasonably
conclude that the apparent similarity between those shapes would
was due to Zamora having seen a Project Silver Bug craft.
However, the image used in the reconstruction has no resemblance
to Zamora's description and his drawings of the object he
claimed to have seen. See:



What really got up my nose was the incredible number of times
that Nick Cook made statements about things and documents "I've
discovered" or "I've found", including the 23 September 1947
memo from Lt-General Nathan F. Twining and the 28 July 1952 memo
from Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Secretary of State for
Air, Lord Cherwell, asking what the truth was about "all this
stuff about flying saucers".

Oh, and what about the comment that "many" UFO sightings were
caused by lenticular clouds? I know that this was a comment made
to, rather than by, Nick Cook but still it went completely
unchallenged and just had him nodding along.

Kind Regards,

Isaac Koi

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